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Tentative deal reached to end Pueblo teachers strike

By: Jon Pompia The Pueblo Chieftain
May 12, 2018 Updated: May 13, 2018 at 7:20 am
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Teachers from Pueblo Academy of Arts in Pueblo, Colo., march along Pueblo Bouelevard starting a four-mile , two-hour trip to the Pueblo City Schools (D60) offices on Monday, May 7, 2018. Teachers in Pueblo went on strike Monday, shutting down schools in a dispute over how much they should be paid for the school year that's nearly over. (Anthony A. Mestas/The Pueblo Chieftain via AP)

After five days of striking and a full day of negotiations, including finalization of details, members of the Pueblo Education Association will now decide whether or not to return to work.

A tentative agreement between Pueblo City Schools (D60) and the teachers union - struck after more than six hours at the bargaining table inside the D60 administration building today - will be voted on through 5 p.m. Sunday.

If the agreement - which passed muster with the PEA board and its association representatives - is given the green light, teachers will return to the classrooms Monday.

If it's turned down, "We will be back on the picket line Monday," Suzanne Ethredge, president of the PEA, told members outside the administration building.

Ethredge then conducted a mock, symbolic vote of those members, with the response overwhelmingly in favor of accepting the deal.

The tentative 2-year agreement states teachers will receive for the current school year aA 2 percent cost-of-living increase, retroactive to January 2018.

By a 57-2 vote - with paper ballots cast outside the administration building Saturday - members of the Pueblo ParaProfessional Education Association accepted a compensation package offered by the district, and they will be returning to the job Monday.

Both agreements will have to be approved by the D60 board of education during an upcoming open meeting.

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